Clash Reviews The Singles (Of March 3)

Eagulls, Poliça, Gazelle Twin and some other sorts…
Eagulls

A selection of songs, a spread of words. You know how this works by now.

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Eagulls – ‘Possessed’

So someone’s been listening to ‘Loveless’. And there’s nothing wrong with that. ‘Possessed’ is precisely the sort of racket necessary to shake you up after a weekend’s slump. It’s nothing new, but it’s certainly got some spirit – and the Leeds outfit (pictured) does its bit to channel the ghosts of fallen punks of the ’80s with no little confidence.

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Fat White Family – ‘Touch The Leather’

Load(s) of arse. Approved.

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Poliça – ‘I Need $’ / ‘So Leave’

The last two songs on this Minneapolis act’s 2013 LP ‘Shulamith’ (review) are combined for this single/video release which finds singer Channy Leaneagh getting on with the monotonous work of motel maintenance – until she looks in on someone that may or may not be her. Then she calls it a day to the creepier strains of ‘So Leave’. A little more action, a little less meditation might have served these songs better visually – but there’s no denying the appeal of such clean-edged electro-pop in the contemporary market.

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Gazelle Twin – ‘Belly Of The Beast’

S’funny how many people from out of town see Brighton as a place of bright lights and fun times, all of the time. But the seaside city’s got its share of griminess, away from the pier rides and slot machines, enough dark corners to inspire residents like Gazelle Twin to make music that comes on like Fever Ray doing ‘Mezzanine’-period Massive Attack. And who knew that grass and milk could be so bloody terrifying?

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Alpines – ‘Oasis’

You wonder how things might have played if Alpines – producer Bob Matthews and singer Catherine Pockson – had got the jump on London Grammar and put out an album ahead of the Nottingham trio. Now, in the wake of the latter’s success, they’ll probably be seen as coattail-riders when their own LP arrives. Which is slightly unfair, as this boldly minimalistic take on trip-hopped R&B is material of potential mass appeal, if not slightly 1990s of design.

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The Mispers – ‘Brother’

Mumford & Sons for people who aren’t massive c*nts.

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James Arthur – ‘Get Down’

Speaking of massive c*nts, some people really don’t like James Arthur. Which is probably because of that whole homophobia hullabaloo. Look, James, we don’t mind if you can’t abide gays. (Well, we do, but you know, each to their own opinions and that.) Some of us don’t like Manchester United, or aubergines, or keeping to the proper lane on motorways. But we don’t put that shit in songs, do we? Not often, anyway. Silly boy.

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Black Submarine – ‘Here So Rain’

Just to prove that the song can indeed remain the same, here we have two founder members of The Verve, plus a bunch of new mates, making music that would sound right at home on The Chart Show’s indie countdown, sometime in the spring of 1996. A slightly more contemporary comparison: sounds like first-album Howling Bells. Which was alright, wasn’t it?

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Beaty Heart – ‘Kanute’s Comin’ Round’

Well, if you can’t laugh, what can you do?

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